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Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS, Women Active in Letters and Social Change): Indigenous Poetics w/Dr. Elena Avilés and Melissa Bennett, MDiv

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University of Wyoming / Laramie, WY

Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS, Women Active in Letters and Social Change) is an organization of Chicanas/ Latinas and Native American women working in academia and in community settings with a common goal:  to work toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/ Latina and Native American women’s issues.

Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women from a variety of institutions gather at the yearly Summer Institute to network, share information, offer support and re-energize. The MALCS Summer Institute is one of the few places Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women can come together without the influence of male and/or Euro-American consciousness or opinion. While some charge that this is separatist, the MALCS reply is not one of apology. This is our space. The dynamics of this Chicana/Latina and Native American woman space is worth guarding, even in the face of criticism from those we respect and work with in our home institutions.

With lectures, workshops, seminars, and various social activities, the Institute is designed to challenge us intellectually by sharing work and ideas; it creates an informal space for socializing and networking, and offers a safe space to present early work for discussion and development. The institute is a unique and creative space from which we emerge energized and ready to engage the world again.

MALCS is open to all Chicana, Latina, Afro-Latina, Asian-Latina and Indigenous women and gender non-conforming people working toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/Latina & Native American women’s issues. This includes faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduates, and community members. If you are interested in joining us, please see our membership page or drop us a line. Please note that you must be a member in order to attend the Summer Institute; you can register for both at the same time, if necessary, though the fees are collected separately.

This workshop will explore Indigenous Survivance through the art of poetry.